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Center for Women’s Health Research hosts fifth Women’s Health Research Day

After a multi-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Center for Women’s Health Research hosted the fifth annual Women’s Health Research Day at the Englewood in Hershey on Oct. 20. The event encouraged networking, building partnerships and engaging the Penn State community in women’s health and related research.

Researchers listen to and present discussions about their research posters.

Researchers present posters at the fifth Women’s Health Research Day on Oct. 20.

The event welcomed more than 80 attendees and included oral research presentations, a panel discussion, research posters and keynote speaker Jane Liebschutz, MD. Liebschutz is the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also serves as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Endowed Chair of Translational Medicine and Research and Director of the Center for Research on Health Care. Her keynote address was about substance use in women, and she facilitated an interactive workshop focusing on “Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Women in Medicine and Science.”

Several awards were also presented during the event. The top four abstracts that scored the highest in the review process were oral presentations at the conference.

Award recipients included:

  • Abigail Pauley, PhD, presented “Promoting Recruitment of Vulnerable Women and Families with Health Disparities Using Geotargeting and Mapping “
  • Julia Leslie presented “The Significance of Borderline Personality Features to Impairment in Early Adolescent Girls.”
  • Jes Matsick, PhD, presented “Different Categorizations of Women’s Sexual Orientations Reveal Unique Health Outcomes in a Nationally Representative U.S. Sample.”
  • Jessica Miller, PhD candidate, presented “Inequalities in Abortion Access: Exploring the Heterogeneous Effects of Texas Senate Bill 8 with Mobile Phone Data.”
Four researchers listen to a poster presentation given by one researcher.

Participants in the fifth Women’s Health Research Day listen to research poster presentations on Oct. 20.

Five distinguished abstract submissions were also recognized during the poster session and networking lunch.

Distinguished abstracts included:

  • Djibril Ba, PhD, MPH, and Yue Zhang, “Factors Associated With Pregnancy Termination in Women of Childbearing Age in 36 Low-and Middle-Income Countries”
  • Erika Hernandez, PhD, “Sleep SAAF parenting intervention for African American mothers improves responsive feeding: An RCT”
  • Kelly Kons, “Exclusion of Reproductive-Aged Women in COVID-19 Vaccination and Clinical Trials”
  • Doniqueka Louden, “Food Insecurity is Associated with Depression During Pregnancy”
  • Ariya Mobaraki, MD, “COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy in Women Who Desire Future Fertility/ Pregnancy”

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